U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the tragic shooting last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
"I think all of us woke up to a different nation Saturday morning; horrified by the details of the shooting that are still emerging and demanding explanations about the increasing frequency of mindless attacks on innocent people and, now, even on our children.
"The circumstances of this tragedy are so horrible that it demands aggressive action. Our State and Nation share a collective desire to try to find some way to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, and, God forbid, from happening in our own communities.
"As a lifelong defender of the Second Amendment, I believe that gun safety is essential, but, so is addressing the gaps in our mental health system and the issue of drugs and violence in our culture and prayer in our schools. The causes of violence in America are bigger and broader than just firearms. I want to hear from all sides before the Congress moves forward, so we can move forward together. Let us act deliberately, but, for the sake of too many already lost, let us act."